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AdamW
01-05-2007, 04:58 PM
Hey folks--

I'm trying to learn to do some non-studio portraits. Here are three that seem to work pretty well, but I'd love to hear what you think I did right and what should have been done differently.

All done with the Canon XTi and the 50 mm 1.8 at f/1.8, with no EV and no flash.

mattdm
01-05-2007, 10:45 PM
I think you may want to consider using a smaller aperture. At f/1.8, it's hard to get the entire subject in focus -- for example, the woman's ears in the first picture. In the second, making the hands slightly out of focus may have been intentional, but I'm not really sure it works. (In fact, in that one, I really want to have more of the setting in focus.)

1andyw
01-06-2007, 06:10 AM
I like what I see but what about the exif data?

Andy

AdamW
01-06-2007, 10:10 AM
Oops! forgot that EXIF:

#1. Exposure Time: 1/60 sec
Exposure Program: Aperture Priority
ISO Speed Rating: 400
Lens Aperture: f/1.8
Exposure Bias: 0 EV
Metering Mode: Pattern
Flash: No Flash, Compulsory
Focal Length: 50.00 mm

#2. Exposure Time: 1/100 sec
Exposure Program: Aperture Priority
ISO Speed Rating: 400
Lens Aperture: f/1.8
Exposure Bias: 0 EV
Metering Mode: Pattern
Flash: No Flash, Compulsory
Focal Length: 50.00 mm

#3. Exposure Time: 1/125 sec
Exposure Program: Aperture Priority
ISO Speed Rating: 400
Lens Aperture: f/1.8
Exposure Bias: 0 EV
Metering Mode: Pattern
Flash: No Flash, Compulsory
Focal Length: 50.00 mm

Thanks for the comments!

1andyw
01-07-2007, 02:38 AM
Adam,

I like them all but #3 is my pic. Nice work.

Andy

AdamW
01-07-2007, 09:53 AM
Thanks, Andy. I'm learning just how hard it is to take a "portrait" rather than a "snapshot."

YZdirtrider13
01-08-2007, 01:32 AM
im not a portrait photographer by any means, but i agree with mattdm.

looks like some of the hat in the last photo is more in focus than the face.

but overall, great looking pics!